Betsy Peabody, Founder and Executive Director

Betsy Peabody

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Betsy Peabody is founder and executive director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF). She is also President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute and an active player in the Washington Shellfish Initiative. Betsy served on the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification in 2012 and is currently working with Washington's Marine Resources Advisory Council to further investigate OA mitigation and outreach strategies. Before founding PSRF in 1997, Betsy worked for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, the Seattle Aquarium and local nonprofits. She also served as Vice Chair of the Bainbridge Island Harbor Commission 1997-2002. Betsy has a B.A. in English from Stanford University and a decided interest in all things marine. 206.780.6947

Ryan Crim, Hatchery Manager

PSRF’s hatchery manager, Ryan Crim, is working on Olympia oyster and Pinto abalone projects.  He specializes in lesser-known organisms that comprise plankton, including unicellular algae and marine invertebrate larvae. After growing up in the highland deserts of North Central Washington State, Ryan became fascinated by the marine environment as a student at Western Washington University. He spent as much time as he could at the Shannon Point Marine Center researching phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms. He received an MS in Zoology from the University of British Columbia after studying the effects of climate change on larval stages of marine invertebrates (such as abalone, sea urchins and mussels). Before joining PSRF, Ryan worked as a research assistant at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, taught courses in marine ecology at Northwest Indian College and worked as an intertidal field technician along the Oregon Coast.  206.780.6947

Denise Brown, Bookkeeper
Denise joined PSRF in July 2007 as a bookkeeper, having performed similar services for a local small business operation and another nonprofit. Before moving to the Northwest 10 years ago, she was in pursuit of a second career accounting degree at Penn State University. She also studied Environmental Resources Management at PSU, and managed a popular Center City Philadelphia restaurant for eight years. Actively involved in volunteer programs, she coordinates and assists with Adopt-A-Road, the AARP TaxAide program on Bainbridge Island, and participates each month in the local meal preparation for those in need. 206.780.6947

Brian Allen, Ecologist
Brian Allen, PSRF’s in-house ecologist, is interested in all things marine – both as a scientist and a forager. After growing up in Everett, Brian wended his way to the Virgin Islands where he began to spend a lot of time underwater. Upon his return to the Northwest, Brian completed a BS in 1996 at the Huxley College for Environmental Studies at Western Washington University where he studied marine ecology. He has been fortunate to work with many interesting invertebrate species and communities including aquatic insects, sea urchins, abalone, and various bivalves both above and below the tide, and up and down the west coast. Community ecology has been a central theme. Before joining the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, Brian’s work concerned applied science or commercial fisheries. 360.280.7410

Josh Bouma, Shellfish Biologist

Josh focuses primarily on abalone conservation and restoration.  He manages a collaborative pinto abalone hatchery culturing this unique but severely threatened mollusk, and directs research and field projects aimed at abalone recovery.  Josh is also passionate about growing tasty bivalves that folks can eat.  He connects people to their marine resources by running the Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm on Bainbridge Island.  Growing mostly oysters, the PMCSF is PSRF’s third and newest community supported shellfish farm.  He joined PSRF after more than four years as a shellfish biologist and diver with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.  Originally a northwest native, Josh soaked up the sun while completing a B.S. in biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, then completed a M.S. in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington.  Beyond diving, eating seafood and spending good time with family, Josh also enjoys backpacking, mountain biking and stand-up paddleboarding. 206.780.6947

Wendy Welch, Special Events

Wendy Welch brings over 20 years of fundraising and development experience to PSRF. A Bainbridge Island resident and Northwest native, Wendy holds business and marketing degrees from the University of Washington. She has worked at local and national levels for the Easter Seal Society of Washington and the Arthritis Foundation and she has coordinated the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour for 10 years. She is an avid skier, hiker and general outdoor enthusiast.  206.780.6947


Morgan Rohrbach, Farm Advisor
Morgan has studied her way down the marine food chain from Right Whales to Sea Turtles to bivalves of the Pacific Northwest, the phytoplankton they survive on and the toxins and pollutants that affect them. Prior to her work at PSRF, she worked as a toxicologist with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She is a founding member of the Bainbridge Island Community Shellfish Farm whose aim is to get residents actively involved in identifying and eliminating pollution sources within their watershed. 206.780-6947


Steve Seymour, Farm Manager

Steve Seymour


Steve began farming oysters in Drayton Harbor in 1984 as a director and manager of Neptune Aquafarms.  He passed the reins to Geoff Menzies in 1992 and took a position with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  After completing a 20 year stint with the department restoring salmon habitat around the Pacific Northwest, Steve returned in December of 2012, to his first love of growing shellfish in the waters of Drayton Harbor.  You may contact Steve at or phone him at 360 733 0873 for information about the Community Farm


Dr. Jonathan Davis, Senior Scientist

Joth Davis is an integral member of the PSRF project team. He serves as Scientific Lead on native oyster enhancement efforts in Liberty Bay; spearheads the new abalone hatchery in Port Gamble where juvenile pinto abalone are being reared to help with recovery efforts; and collaborates with PSRF on a geoduck research project and an economic study to better quantify the costs and benefits of shellfish restoration in Puget Sound. On top of all that, Joth directs Research & Development for the Taylor Shellfish Hatchery, operates a shellfish farm and consulting firm, and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at UW. He holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries from UW and a M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University.
Stuart Ryan, Hatchery Technician
Stuart Ryan

Stuart's competing passions are Marine Ecology and Big Mountains. So when he found his way to the Puget Sound, where both could be equally satisfied, he Immersed himself in these environments teaching environmental and outdoor education on boats, shorelines and in the mountains. Before moving to the west coast Stuart received his Bachelors degree in Biology From Bates College in Maine where he studied how environmental variables effect the growth of clams in the Arctic, and more generally marine invertebrates. Stuart works primarily at the PSRF Olympia Oyster hatchery.
Paul Pratt, Lab/Field Technician

Paul is a lover of all things aquatic since discovering the underwater world via scuba diving at the tender age of twelve. After discovering abalone in his favorite local dive spots he has been hooked on their somber story, wanting to see a change. Paul graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences with his B.S. where he first started working with abalone. Since Joining PSRF Paul has focused on abalone, working primarily out of NOAA Mukilteo with Josh Bouma on projects aimed at abalone restoration. Aside from diving, Paul enjoys fresh seafood, harvesting said seafood, boating, biking and spending time with family.

Alexandra Karpoff, Hatchery Technician
Alexandra Karpoff

Based at the Manchester Hatchery and Laboratory, Alex works primarily on the Olympia oyster project, managing the daily needs of oyster larvae.  Having grown up in the Puget Sound, Alex developed early a love for the mountains and ocean, which over time morphed into a keen interest in ecology and resource management.  Prior to joining PSRF, Alex received her BS from Huxley College of the Environment, studied Washington’s changing seabird populations, and worked restoring in-stream salmon habitat.  When she isn’t captivated watching baby oysters swim under the microscope, Alex may be found scrambling somewhere in the subalpine, or eating cookies.

Caitlin Campbell, Field Technician
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Kelly Samuels and Theo Fehsenfeld, Summer Interns
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